SOURCE: Make-A-Wish Canada

Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon

May 15, 2017 13:00 ET

ASUS Canada and Best Buy Canada help Vancouver Island wish kid get his game on

VICTORIA BC--(Marketwired - May 15, 2017) - In a perfect example of a 'player vs. environment' gaming move, where players team up against enemies rather than each other, Make-A-Wish® British Columbia & Yukon, ASUS Canada and Best Buy Canada Ltd. have come together to grant the computer gaming wish of nine-year-old Kenny. The common enemy everyone is trying to defeat? Leukemia, which Kenny is battling.

"We know that wishes transport kids from a place of uncertainty to a place of hope, strength and joy," said Ross Hetherington, CEO, Make-A-Wish British Columbia & Yukon. "Kenny has had a hard-fought battle against acute lymphocytic leukemia. When he made his wish to upgrade his computer gaming systems, we knew we needed help to get Kenny to that 'wish granted' state. Best Buy and ASUS stepped up in a big way for us."

Kenny's wish was revealed to him in-store at Best Buy's Vancouver Island Uptown Mall location, where ASUS had flown in various items, including a high-end Republic Of Gamers gaming desktop, dual monitors, premium accessories and gaming apparel from eSports team, Echo Fox, to make Kenny's gaming wish an above-and-beyond experience. Best Buy for Business donated a brand new desk, surround sound system, software and accessories to complete the gaming ecosystem.

"One of ASUS' five core company virtues is courage. We strive to inspire this within our employees and to those around us," said Vivian Lien, chief marketing officer, ASUS North America. "We admire Kenny's courage and are grateful for the opportunity to support him by contributing to his wish. By creating a dream gaming setup and equipping him with high performance hardware, we hope that we can continue to inspire him and grow his passion for gaming."

"When Best Buy for Business heard about Kenny's story we were honoured to help make this wish come true," said Jean-Marc Rondeau, supervisor, Best Buy for Business. "We reached out to ASUS to see if they wanted to partner with us and they jumped at the chance. We hope that the new gaming system will bring lots of fun and joy into Kenny's life."

As for Kenny, he's excited to get his new gear home and set up, so that he can try out his new gaming environment as soon as possible.

"We appreciate Make-A-Wish granting Kenny a wish," said Kenny's mom, Mary. "We're all excited for him, and hopefully this will bring him lots of good times, to help us forget about the bad times. We'd like to thank Make-A-Wish, and all the donors and volunteers, who have helped to make this happen."

FACT SHEET

Full list of items given to Kenny as part of his wish:

    From ASUS Canada
  Main PC: ROG GT51CA   Keyboard: ROG Claymore Core     Mouse: ROG Spatha
  Headset: Strix 7.1   Monitors: ROG Swift PG348Q     Networking: RT-AC5300
  Mousepad: ROG Sheath   Personalized Echo Fox jersey courtesy of JINX
From   Best Buy Canada
  Clutch Chairz Crank Echo Gaming Chair   Contemporary Corner Desk   Logitech Z906 5.1 Computer Speakers System
  Microsoft Office Home & Student 2016   Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2 Gaming Keyboard   Geek Squad:  in-store computer   set up and in-home desk and computer assembly

About Make-A-Wish British Columbia & Yukon

At Make-A-Wish®, our mission is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. In our British Columbia & Yukon chapter, we've granted over 1,900 wishes since our founding in 1983. In 2017, we aim to grant 150 wishes.

About ASUS Canada

ASUS is one of Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies, and is dedicated to creating products for today and tomorrow's smart life. Our comprehensive portfolio includes Zenbo, ZenFone, ZenBook and a range of IT devices and components, along with AR, VR and IoT. ASUS employs more than 17,000 people worldwide and over 5,500 world-class R&D talents. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, the company won 4,385 awards and earned approximately US$13.3 billion of revenue in 2016.

About Best Buy Canada

As a wholly owned subsidiary of Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE: BBY), Best Buy Canada Ltd. is one of Canada's largest and most successful omni-channel retailers, operating the Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile and Geek Squad (www.geeksquad.ca) brands. With nearly 200 Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores across Canada, and an expanded assortment of lifestyle products offered through BestBuy.ca, Best Buy is a leader in Total Retail, catering to customers how, when, and where they want to shop. Best Buy Canada is committed to making a positive impact in the community with programs and partnerships that support youth to connect with technology to advance their education. For more information visit BestBuy.ca.

Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER COMMENT:
    Stuart Chase
    Director, Marketing & Communications
    Make-A-Wish British Columbia & Yukon
    stuart.chase@makeawish.ca
    604-688-7944 x 109

    Colin Wong
    Public Relation Specialist
    ASUS Canada
    colin_wong@asus.com
    647-627-6745

    Christine Tam
    Manager, External Communications
    Best Buy Canada Ltd.
    ctam@bestbuycanada.ca
    604-809-3416